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Provenance: Paris
Maker: Bernardel Père
Length of back: 36.7 cm
Year: 1854
Tone: Dark, fine, large, sweet
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Auguste Sébastien Philippe Bernardel, Bernardel Père: fine violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)

This fine violin by Auguste Sébastien Philippe Bernardel, Bernardel Père, is a rare piece of French violin-making history. It was fashioned by the founding father of a dynasty of luthiers, a family that went on to have a major influence on how their craft developed in the late 19th century as partners at the famous atelier Gand & Bernardel. The instrument is in excellent condition and still features the original label and signature, reflecting the exacting quality standards and flawless artisanry which Bernardel Père learned from his teachers,Nicolas Lupot and Charles-François Gand, and which he later passed along to his sons. Based on a sophisticated Maggini model with classic double purfling, here Bernardel Père created a fine old master violin with an outstanding sound which upholds all of the promises made by its delicately crafted aesthetic. The sound holes were carved with exquisite precision and positioned at a striking angle, emphasizing the distinctive character of this violin for which Bernardel Père selected top-quality finely-grained spruce and closely-flamed maple. The reddish-brown varnish over the bright golden base coat shows typical shading with a hint of purple, and a beautiful historic patina has formed. The discerningly carved scroll that is blackened in keeping with French style and the perfect craftsmanship of the two-piece back both show the confident hand of its master: Bernardel Père was 52 years old when he made this violin. The experts at our atelier for fine stringed instruments have set it up in a manner worthy of its historic standing, and they have magnificently restored it in a way that preserves the large and nuanced sound in the full range of its elegance. Warm and dark in the lower registers, its voice is compelling with sweetness and clarity in the upper ranges. The violin is sold with a certificate of authenticity from the famed Stuttgart expert Hieronymus Köstler

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